I am the proud owner of a brand new calf born a few hours back, a fresian x angus and it is a girl..yippee.
her name is pipi and she is beautiful of course. I noticed that when she was born both her eyes had white cloudy spots in them...can anyone tell me if this is normal as this is my first calf born on our property so I havent seen a calf only hours old before.
she seems to be able to see at least i think so....her head follows me as I walk but I am not 100% sure that she can see me or just hear me. the spots havent changed in size and she is now 30 odd hours old.. please can anyone tell me if this is normal or not....muchly appreciated....Nene
Last Edit: Apr 1, 2010 18:36:38 GMT -5 by barnydhppy
Are the spots like little floaters on the surface of the eyeball? Do they shift around? I've never had a calf born with white spots in the eyes. It rings a bell somewhere in my mind relating to some mineral or vitamin needs. Maybe one of our Aussie or NZ members has a better idea of what might be lacking in your part of the world.
nene My foster calf just in the last day, developed this cloudy white covering rimmed with pink/red in one eye. I spoke to my sister who thought it was probably pink eye. She suggested a "puffer". it's some kind of a small bulb thing with medication in it that you shake and puff the powder into their eye. It's an antibiotic. She suggested that I treat him in both eyes and my heifer calf who is in close contact with him. Also she said they could receive a drop of penicillin in the eye. (I'm not sure how often for how long) Your local farm supply store might be of some help there. I'm not sure if these exact same things are available in your area. make sure you wash your hands, etc, as it can spread to people. Now, if anyone else has an opinion, please chime in. I am merely going off her experience as this is my first calving experience, also. good luck, Shawn
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A new born calf should have clear dark eyes so along with Midge, I would suggest having a talk to your vet.
If it is congental blindness, don't lose heart. A blind cow manages very well if you make allowances for it. She will learn the boundaries of her paddocks, find water (they smell water), eat well and find her hay or other supplementary feeds. She will learn to follow you and respond to your voice and commands.
When a calf is born with cloudy eyes it is usually caused by Vit A deficiency. Personally, I would confirm the need for, and the dosage of, Vit A with your vet, then procede to treat the calf. If it is truly a Vit A deficiency, if you start the Vit A soon enough, the eyes may very well go ahead and finish developing.
Ah, thank you Ann. I thought it was some sort of deficiency! I will have to write it down in my cow notebook for future reference.
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